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Since she was a child, Lajja Gauswami had always been fascinated by her police sub inspector father’s revolver and itched to get her hands on it. In fact, her decision to take up shooting as a career was influenced by the lure of handling a weapon.
DREAM CHASER Vasad- born Gauswami who specialises in 50m rifle shooting has tasted international success by winning gold medals in several championships in Kuwait, Germany, Dhaka, Czech Republic and Pakistan—where she also created a South Asian record in her category. In India, she has won gold medals in every event and has even created a national record in 2009 (Kerela). From 2005 to 2009, she topped all shooting championships within Gujarat and was honoured
second opinion “She never gets tired and puts in a lot of effort during practice
sessions. Her brilliance is sure to pay off in the Olympics.”
SANJEEV RAJPUT, OLYMPIAN SHOOTER AND ARJUNA AWARDEE
“It’s an irony that with my humble background, I have chosen such an expensive sport but I just can’t curb the passion”
with the Raksha Mantri Padak in 2007.
SUCCESS STORY She joined the National Cadet Corps (NCC) in 2004 and was a star cadet who took part in most of the contests with a borrowed rifle. When NCC course got over, she often had to borrow ace shooter and senior Gagan Narang’s rifle for practice. The only person in the country to be holding a Mavlankar record in both senior and junior woman categories, Gauswami says, “The mind is the real winner,” she says. “You can use anyone’s rifle, adjust to it even in a day and win a competition.”
WHAT’S NEXT She is aiming at the Olympics after her Asian championship in January 2012.